DIY Birthday Gift Ideas….?

by DIY wedding planner on March 7, 2012


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Your help would be very appreciated! A little over a year ago, my cousin moved in with me. My family and I really helped her out, and a month ago she left to move back to her home town. I really want to make her something for her birthday that she will actually use and like! I love anything DIY because I really enjoy crafts and love to be creative. She’s 22, her favorite color is green, and she lives near the beach. (She’s lived there her entire life, so really, the beach isn’t that special to her.. so it’d be kinda weird to have a lot of suggestions about the beach.) I just really wanted to know if any of you knew any, not good, but GREAT websites for DIY crafts. I really like mydiyweddingday.com, but unfortunately, I’m not planning a wedding here! I have a month to make whatever it is, too, because her birthday is early August.. and I’m sending it, probably, around August 1, so it will be there by her birthday!
Thank you all for your help!

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?||DyingIsYourLatestFashion||? March 7, 2012 at 5:49 am

http://www.make-stuff.com/ Here might be a website you might like

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meenakshi March 7, 2012 at 6:30 am

I’m merely listing a few sites you could try. I’m sure when you browse through them, you will find something interesting & worth making. Most are recycled crafts, hence fairly inexpensive, while being innovative.
http://www.hgtv.com —-Go to the Trash To Treasure section. Great ideas there.
http://www.eco-artware.com/crafts/archiv...
http://www.brighthub.com/environment/gre...
http://www.make-stuff.com/recycling/
http://www.thriftyfun.com/Craft%20Tips_R...
http://holidays.kaboose.com/earth-day/
http://www.ecoist.com
things to make out of recycled materials —
http://search.yahoo.com/search?p=things%20to%20make%20out%20of%20recycled%20materials
http://www.craftster.org

Rolled Magazine Frames
http://www.homemadesimple.com/en_US/homemavens.do?contentId=sep08
http://www.homeqn.com/entry/remodelista-interesting-home-dcor-stuff-made-from-recycled-magazines/ — plenty of interesting ideas !

http://www.homeqn.com/entry/recyled-books-reborn-into-beautiful-pots/

Since she’s been staying with you for a year, you may have some photographs & other memorabilia & shared memories. Compile them into a scrapbook; have each member of the family contribute & either make a page, or add their thoughts, feelings, etc. in a creative way.
http://www.papercraftcentral.com/mini-scrapbook-albums.html
http://www.papercraftcentral.com/explosi… — Explosion box. I truly like this, because, besides being a unique method of scrapbooking, you get to place actual items Inside the “album”.
This same site also has “inchies” & “brown paperbag” scrapbooks.
http://www.creativity-portal.com/howto/a/collage/cubies.html – collage cubies

http://www.diynetwork.com/topics/decoupa… — you could decoupage a photo/collage too on glass,
wood, etc. OR
http://www.myntra.com/ — create your own jigsaws using the collaged pictures.

http://madamhoe.deviantart.com/art/Flower-Pots-3-40230228 — modular origami flower pots made with advertisement pamphlets ! This is a truly remarkable piece!
This is how you make the little pieces for modular origami : http://www.wonderhowto.com/how-to/video/how-to-make-origami-polyhedra-215439/

Or, you could knit, sew, crochet, tat, cross-stitch [convert a photograph into a cross-stitch pattern], …..
A few general sites that have tons of crafts :
http://www.ask.com
http://www.instructables.com
http://www.ehow.com
http://www.wikihow.com
http://www.marthastewart.com

making candles
http://candle.makingcrafts.net/
http://www.lonestarcandlesupply.com/cand...
http://candleandsoap.about.com/od/candle
http://www.pioneerthinking.com/candles.h...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fj7So14KG...

http://www.scents-of-earth.com – to make my own incense sticks
http://www.teachsoap.com/mp.html — how to make soap
http://www.essortment.com/lifestyle/simp… — Bath salts

bead work
http://rubyglen.com/craftsbead.htm
http://beadingprojects.com.au/
http://www.completecraft.com.au/projects…
http://www.beadjewelrymaking.com/bead_pr…

http://glassattic.com/ — a virtual encyclopedia on polymer clays, besides a lot of related projects too.

Hope these help
All the very best & have fun :-)
I’m sure Anything you make, will be appreciated considering the thought, time & effort put in

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